Ok – the title of this blog post is not technically correct. March Madness doesn’t make us stupid. We already are. The historic tournament just hits us over the head with the ignorance stick.
Every year, hundreds of millions of NCAA March Madness brackets are filled out, and in each case, we as authors are certain that they’re correct. We can feel it in our bones – like an old guy with a bad case of gout. We have visions of an ESPN reporter showing up at our house after the Championship game to figure out how we could foretell 63 games with perfection.
And it takes about four hours into the tournament to realize that we really have no idea. We’re clueless at a Snooki-from-Jersey Shore level. And we’re left sitting in the corner wallowing in our stupidity .
But here’s my question …
Why that can’t we take March-Madness humility into the rest of life?
Imagine if a presidential candidate answered a question during a debate, “We’ll, I think my Keynesian economic policy would work, but then again, I picked Duke to go all the way last March.”
Or, “The stock market will outperform previous expectations during the second quarter due to a strong jobs report. Although I should remind you that I’m a Gonzaga fan.”
Let’s never forget that sinking feeling we all had when we heard that Missouri lost and impact on our bracket. And remember that when we’re talking about the future of gasoline prices.
Because as our brackets remind us, when we get down to it, we all pretty much have no idea what’s going to happen.